Green building now more cost-effective than ever
Green building now more cost-effective than ever

Green buildings can now be built for a little more than traditional buildings. For the environmental and economic benefits, it deserves serious consideration.

Issued by Private Property 2 days ago

It's time SA learnt from others and overhauled its power sector
It's time SA learnt from others and overhauled its power sector

South Africa has not had load shedding for nearly a year. This is a welcome development after years of power cuts that constrained economic growth. Electricity consumption has more or less flattened out, giving the national utility, Eskom, more space to catch up on maintenance and meet demand.

By Anton Eberhard 2 days ago

Earthquakes don't kill, collapsing structures do
Earthquakes don't kill, collapsing structures do

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy this week has so far resulted in the deaths of at least 250 people. Victims range in age from infants to pensioners and it is a tragedy that we unfortunately witness too often.

By Colin Caprani 2 days ago

Old Granary restoration underway
Old Granary restoration underway

The Old Granary building in Cape Town central, which is more than 200 years old, is currently undergoing substantial restoration work. The city-appointed contractor is being guided by a restoration architect to enhance this culturally significant building.

3 days ago

Sanral in R1.4bn upgrade of 13 roads, with R5bn more to be spent
Sanral in R1.4bn upgrade of 13 roads, with R5bn more to be spent

An Eastern Cape government decision to ask Sanral to improve the province's road network is finally paying off.

3 days ago

China opens record-breaking transparent bridge
China opens record-breaking transparent bridge

Glass-bottomed bridges have become something of a social craze in China. Earlier this year, a Chinese couple decided to hold their wedding ceremony suspended up high as they dangled on a small hammock platform below the Haohan Qiao bridge in Shiniuzhai National Park. A mass yoga session had been held in the same area the previous year too.

By Emile Uys 24 Aug 2016

What construction jobs will look like when robots can build things
What construction jobs will look like when robots can build things

By 2034/35, almost 20% of Australians (6.2 million) are projected to be aged 65 or over. One sector already feeling the impact of the ageing population is construction. In Queensland, the number of construction workers aged 55 and over increased from 8% of full-time workers in 1992 to 14.2% in 2014.

By George Quezada 24 Aug 2016

ArcelorMittal to invest R4bn as cartel penalty
ArcelorMittal to invest R4bn as cartel penalty

ArcelorMittal SA has undertaken to invest R4.6bn on plants and equipment in the next five years as part of a settlement agreement it has reached with the Competition Commission.

By Fifi Peters 24 Aug 2016

Private sector pivotal in meeting SSA student housing demand
Private sector pivotal in meeting SSA student housing demand

According to research from JLL, the demand for new purpose-built student accommodation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is set to exceed 500,000 beds over the next five years. With continuing public sector budget constraints, private investors will have an important role to play in meeting this demand.

23 Aug 2016

Athi Myoli
#WomensMonth: Women significantly under-represented in construction

Athi Myoli is the director of the Women in Construction Awards, an event that recognises excellence within the African construction, cement and concrete industry. We interviewed Myoli to find out more about the annual awards, what some of the issues are that women face in the construction sector, and what her message for Women's Month is.

By Sindy Peters 23 Aug 2016

SA steel production rises 11% in July to 521,000 tons: worldsteel
SA steel production rises 11% in July to 521,000 tons: worldsteel

South African steel production fell 11% year-on-year in July to an estimated 545,000 tonnes, after rising 6.9% year on year in June to 545,000 tonnes, according to the World Steel Association (worldsteel).

By Helmo Preuss 23 Aug 2016

ArcelorMittal to pay R1.5bn fine for role in steel cartel
ArcelorMittal to pay R1.5bn fine for role in steel cartel

The Competition Commission has fined steel monopoly ArcelorMittal SA R1.5bn - the biggest fine imposed on a single company for anti-compettitive behaviour in SA's history.

By Fifi Peters 23 Aug 2016

Councillor Van Minnen inspects the ceiling of Mrs Jennifer Jonas in Vrygrond.
CT embarks on next phase in ceiling retrofit project

R60m has been earmarked for the next phase of the City of Cape Town's ceiling retrofit project. The project aims to warm up old state-subsidised houses which were previously constructed without ceilings.

22 Aug 2016